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Senator Johnson Finally Leaves Washington... To Fundraise in Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:08

ron-johnsonMADISON - While Russ Feingold travels the state listening to the concerns of Wisconsinites in all 72 counties, Sen. Johnson is hobnobbing with millionaires in Texas. Johnson will join one of his ultra-conservative colleagues, John Cornyn, for a fundraiser in San Antonio today.

Lucky Texans can shell out $500 dollars for a chance to meet the Washington Republicans. After San Antonio, Sen. Johnson will swing by Houston for a second fundraiser. It's indicative of who he represents that on the deadline to file nominating papers to represent Wisconsin, but Sen. Johnson (who flew out yesterday) is busy courting wealthy out-of-state donors.

Johnson has been crisscrossing the country to meet with wealthy backers. He left work in Washington early a few weeks ago to meet with Wall Street bankers in New York. Unfortunately, Wisconsinites don’t get as much face time with our state’s senior U.S. Senator. Between his time in Washington and his time out of state to fundraise, Sen. Johnson doesn’t have much time to listen to his own constituents.

Dave Polashek Suspends Campaign, Backs Van Stippen to Defeat Tiffany PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:12

david-polashekOCONTO FALLS, WI – On Wednesday, former educator Dave Polashek announced he is suspending his candidacy for State Senate District 12. Thomas Tiffany (R - Hazelhurst) currently holds the seat.

Senate District 12 covers a large area of Northeastern Wisconsin, bordered from Wausaw and Suamico on the south, Marinette on the east, and the Nicolet National and Northern Highland State Forests on the north and west.

Polashek spent his career serving students, families and communities as an educator and school administrator. He recently retired as superintendent of schools for Oconto Falls.

While he is suspending his own candidacy, Polashek will continue to work to defeat Tiffany. He supports Bryan Van Stippen for the seat and urges his supporters to do the same.

Dave Polashek made the following statement suspending his campaign for State Senate:

“I am announcing today that I am suspending my race for the State Senate District 12. When I entered the race I said I did so because I was convinced that the Northwoods and the State of Wisconsin cannot withstand four more years of Tom Tiffany. In my six months of talking to residents as I traveled the district, I heard that time and time again. As it is, we may never recover from the damage he and his fellow Republicans have already inflicted on our beloved State: our public schools, environment, municipalities, public servants, and especially Wisconsin’s century-long reputation as a progressive state that values clean and open government.”

“With the recent announcement that Bryan Van Stippen has entered the race, I knew I had a decision to make. I sought the counsel of family, friends and supporters as to how I should proceed. We concluded that the only upside to a Democratic primary would be that there would be two of us on the campaign trail informing voters about Tiffany’s reckless and dangerous record. That positive had to be weighed against the possibility of an expensive primary that would divide our resources and our efforts.”

“There is a saying I think applies here. Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can ever learn. And since I have been an educator my whole life, I am taking this advice to heart. I throw my support behind Bryan Van Stippen and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must keep our eye on the goal: to restore our Senate District and our State to its former greatness by leading our citizens out of the economic, political, and environmental chaos Tom Tiffany and Republicans have created in Wisconsin.”

Gallagher Holding Fundraiser with Anti-Muslim Trump Advisor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:36

mike-gallagherN.E. Wisconsin GOP candidate for Congress Mike Gallagher picks strange bedfellows with Trump advisor who Supports Banning Muslims from Entering the U.S.

MADISON - Eighth district congressional candidate Mike Gallagher is holding a fundraiser today headlined by Donald Trump advisor Michael Flynn, who stirred controversy by publicly supporting Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States and other questionable policy positions held by the Republican Presidential nominee.  The fundraiser, located in Milwaukee, features a “Homeland Security & Anti-Terrorism Round Table discussion with the General [Flynn]” for $5,400 or they can attend a “photo opp” for $2,700.

Both Gallagher and his leading competitor for the Republican congressional nomination, State Senator Frank Lasee, publicly supported Trump's candidacy in separate interviews on WFRV TV [4/26/2016 and 3/13/2016].

“Given that Gallagher has endorsed Trump and is using one of his top advisors to raise campaign cash, does he also endorse Trump and Flynn's support for discriminating on the basis of religion who can visit the United States,” said Brandon Weathersby. “Or does Gallagher support Trump’s plan to slash taxes for big corporations?  Both Mike Gallagher and Frank Lasee need to explain why they are supporting someone like Trump whose values are so different from those of most people in Wisconsin.”

The 8th congressional district includes Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, and parts of Winnebago counties. The race is one of the most competitive in the country, and top national race watchers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg rate the race as “toss-up.”


Trump-Advising General Defends Muslim Ban

“Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, an informal advisor to Donald Trump, has some creative ways of embracing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s most controversial plans.

‪Former Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn expressed his support for Donald Trump’s extreme national security positions in an interview released Thursday — including a ban on Muslim entry.” [The Huffington Post, 5/19/2016]

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